Posts Tagged ‘ Ebro Offensive ’

With the Mac-Paps by Dave Gordon

September 13, 2019
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With the Mac-Paps by Dave Gordon

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 31, August 5, 1938. The Army of the East is coming to the aid of the Levante! Like a bolt of lightning this sweeping thought penetrated every company, every unit, every soldier in the Army. How? Where? Again the smashing lightning idea. Along a front of more than...
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What are The Duties of a Cabo? by Roy Watts

August 30, 2019
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What are The Duties of a Cabo? by Roy Watts

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 31, September 5, 1938. The cabo in the Spanish people’s army should realize that not only has he many responsibilities in connection with the whole life of the soldiers in his squad, but also that it is necessary to train himself in such a way as to...
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With the Lincoln-Washington by T. M.

July 19, 2019
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With the Lincoln-Washington by T. M.

The Volunteer for Liberty V.2, No. 30, August 26, 1938 For the Lincolns it was action from the very start. Even before we crossed the Ebro we were under enemy fire and what’s more important, the enemy was under our fire. I don’t mean only the artillery fire that was sweeping the approaches to...
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With the British Battalion by Volunteer Staff

July 12, 2019
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With the British Battalion by Volunteer Staff

The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, no. 33, October 6, 1938 All was not exactly quiet on the British Battalion’s sector during the last action of Hill 565. This despite the fact that the Battalion was theoretically in reserve, in accordance with the accepted reserve police of the Division, the Army Corps and the Army....
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The Brigade Command in Action at the Ebro Front by A. C. B. (Alvah Cecil Bessie)

June 29, 2019
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The Brigade Command in Action at the Ebro Front by A. C. B. (Alvah Cecil Bessie)

Originally published in The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 33, October 6, 1938 Deep in a natural cave at the head of a baranco is the command post of our Brigade. Here, at one time, peasants had utilized the natural shelter, filled its mouth with masonry and constructed a home. The cavern is partitioned...
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Gunnar Ebb by Unattributed

February 14, 2019
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Gunnar Ebb by Unattributed

The Volunteer for Liberty, v. 2, No. 33, October 6, 1938 When Major E. Cecil-Smith Commander of the Mac-Paps was wounded at Hill 565, Teniente Gunnar Ebb, Finnish commander of Company 5 of the Battalion became what the Spanish Army calls an “accidental” commander of the Battalion. But there is nothing accidental about Comrade...
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Waiting, by Alvah C. Bessie

January 12, 2019
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Waiting, by Alvah C. Bessie

The Volunteer for Liberty, V. 2, No. 31, September 5, 1938   We moved down off the hill in single file, the taste of breakfast still in our mouths –coffee, chocolate, ham and sardines, bread, marmalade and plums. There was a comfortable weight inside us., and there was, too, the inevitable nervousness, the pre-action...
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The History of the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion by Frank Rogers

November 17, 2018
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The History of the MacKenzie-Papineau Battalion by Frank Rogers

                                The Volunteer for Liberty, V2, No. 35, November 7, 1938 The Canadian Mac-Paps, one of the hardest fighting units in the International Brigades have blazed a trail of important military achievements since Oct. 13th, 1937 – the day...
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Sam by A. C. B. [Alvah Cecil Bessie]

October 19, 2018
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Sam by A. C. B. [Alvah Cecil Bessie]

                          The Volunteer for Liberty, V.2, No. 31, September 5, 1938. The kid looks and acts about eighteen but when you ask him how old he is he says he’s 23. “”so you’re 23 are you?” said...
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Lt. Cooper’s Haul by S. F.

September 21, 2018
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Lt. Cooper’s Haul by S. F.

The Volunteer for Liberty, V.2, No. 30, August 26, 1938 The special Brigade machine gun company came up to reinforce the 58th Battalion on July 28th. Saully Wellman its commissar had already been forced out of action by a shrapnel wound; and when on his very first day with the Lincolns the commander Capt....
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